Huge fire destroys two houses in downtown Boise

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Boise fire crews worked for hours to put out a double house fire at 4th and Myrtle near downtown Boise.

The huge inferno was a three-alarm fire; 14 Boise fire crews were called in to fight the flames. The fire started just after 4:30 a.m. and fire crews said the cause is still unknown.

Brian Bourmeester lives two doors down from the second house that caught on fire. He said the bright flames woke him up.

"I saw huge bright orange flames that just engulfed the second house," Bourmeester said.

Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan said the fire started in the house on the corner of Myrtle and 4th and jumped to a second home. Both homes were unoccupied and no one was hurt. Chief Doan mentioned that crews were mostly focused on restraining the flames from a third house. That house had a family inside and was evacuated by fire crews.

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"I'm a little bit nervous, because I'm practically right across the street," said Eva Frank. "I have all of my important papers and things out in my car just in case I have to leave."

Myrtle was shut down at 5th Street to give firefighters room to fight the flames. There was also drainage issues on Myrtle and ACHD was called in to help with minor flooding on the street. Drivers were being asked to avoid the area, but Myrtle St. was reopened around 7:45 a.m.

Just a month ago, a car rammed into the house that caught on fire. It happened on October 15 and caused major structural damage to the one side of the house. It was vacant at that time too.

Fire Chief Dennis Doan said the last fire of this size was the Hill Road fire from August 1.

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